It’s not a surprise that movies that were due to come out sometime soon would want to push back the release of the film in theaters. Mostly because everyone lately is on edge about Coronavirus which we don’t have a vaccine for yet. Coronavirus has been turning into a worldwide epidemic and many are cautious and don’t even want to leave the house. So then why would they want to risk it to see a movie when they could wait safely till it starts streaming? Well movie studios must be thinking the same thing because the newest James Bond film No Time To Die has now been pushed back several months.
Its UK and international release date of April 2 and its U.S. Easter weekend global day-and-date of April 10 have been pushed to November 25th. Or Thanksgiving weekend for those of us in the states. The studio says that it hopes that by then the Coronavirus will be at least contained enough so that movie goers feel comfortable to venture to theaters.
In an exclusive statement to Deadline they said, “MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of No Time to Die will be postponed until November 2020. The film will be released in the U.K. on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the U.S. launch on November 25, 2020”
This could start a potential trend for other films that were due to be released. It could also be affecting the box office numbers for movies that are out now such as Onward the newest Disney film. That movie could suffer exponentially when compared to their streak last year of six billion dollar films released in theaters.